Heaven Can Wait

Old adages die hard. Over the weekend, the two most potent offenses in the NFC were sent packing by the two best defensive teams. In the AFC, the best defense is left to face the best offense, which only got to the party by having a bye via Denver. Offense is fun for the regular season, but defense still wins championships. A couple of 80 yard drives in the final 3 minutes helps, too.

Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers will be home watching Eli Manning and Alex Smith next weekend. Is that not the funniest, most improbably true outcome of the 2011 NFL season? The one with record breaking QB passing stats? And the poster boys for this aerial assault sit dazed and whipped in the loser’s room.

And who’s in the winners room? The QB who’s maybe been whipped and flayed more than any other championship QB in history. Our boy Alex. Mr. Smith. LMfoolAO!

Who saw this one coming? Noooooooooooobody.

What’s the expiration date on gloating? Can we wait another day or two before worrying about the Giants? Maybe a sappy Jim Nantz interview will get it out of our system.

New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham was doing a sideline gloat after his TD put the Saints ahead with 1:37 left on the clock. His gloat didn’t last too long. I’m pretty sure no one grabbed him by the arm and said, “This isn’t over. Do you see who’s out there? That’s Alex Effing Smith. And he’s got a minute and a half. That’s way too long. Why didn’t you stop on the one yard line and let us burn some clock?”

Drew Brees said Alex was a great game manager this year. A clueless diss from one QB to the other. Alex responded by saying Drew could have his yards, he planned on out scoring him. Badaboom! Smitty with the takedown.

Admittedly, it’s going to be hard for a lot of fans to warm up to Smith-love. It’s like hating the kid next door for years and then finding out he’s your half-brother. If you’re young enough, you can offer to go throw some rocks with him and the movie fades out. If you’re older, though, you might start with asking your Mom what the hell’s going on here? She’ll tell you it’s complicated. You’ll think “No shit!” It could take awhile to sort things out before the let’s throw rocks scene. We’ll see how it goes.

It’s a little goofy in the office today. Sorry about that. I’ve never done a YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH! jump out of my chair scare the neighbors banshee act TWICE in two minutes before. Once has always been enough. We won. Halleluja! Ooops. We lost! We lost??? Noooooo. Gloooooom. YEEEAAAAAHHHH!!! I think I broke some brain wires. I don’t mind the damage, though. Not at all.

Time to sit back and enjoy the San Francisco 49ers being National News again. I’m betting the Giants yap about revenge and how there’s no way they lose Sunday’s game. Bring it on, dipwads. We’ve seen this act before.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Giants will be tough. If we can run the ball and get pressure on Manning with our front 4, I think we win.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    From the last thread – re the arm bar…
     
    Yeah, NJ, the CB – was it Greer? – got away with that one. The refs weren’t throwing many flags all day though – 3 on us, none on the Saints. It was going to have to be flagrant and obvious to get a flag.

    Only thing that gives me pause this week is OUR WRs. Ginn is at least questionable, waiting to hear more. That leaves Crabtree, who had a pretty sorry game Sunday, Williams, and a couple of Practice Squad guys. VD is going to have to come up big.

    One more thing: I’ve always been critical of VD. He is a great blocker, but so often his body control and hands have been poor. But credit where it’s due: his game Sunday was simply awesome. Best game by a tight end I’ve ever seen. Like Alex, he saved his best game for the biggest game of the year (yet). Unlike Crabs, who seemed to wilt in the spotlight, VD and Alex came up huge. All due props… To win championships, you need guys who make plays when it counts, with everything on the line.
     
    I think we have a very good chance of winning Sunday. It will be a bloody knife fight in a phone booth – but these are pretty close teams, and we have the home field advantage. 24-23 anyone?

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, it’s more like watching the neighbor kid grow up, being a dumb goober and eating dog turds, tripping on his own feet, and generally being a nice but dumb hick. Then suddenly, you find out he’s engaged to your daughter, just inherited a hundred million bucks, and has been accepted to Harvard.
     
    “Where the frack did THAT come from?”

    LMAO. Even Hollywood would blush at this shit. We’re two wins away from “The Marty Sue Goober Quarterback who Ate the World.” Go figure…

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The forecast is for rain starting Wed lasting through the weekend
    with temp in the low 50s. Windy conditions will ne likely so that will affect long passes.
    Last time we faced the Giants, Gore was hurting. This time we run the ball down their throats.

    Two plays that we haven’t run on offense that should work are the toss sweep and the shovel pass.

    When it was third and 2 and the Niners got called for 12 men in the huddle I was thinking naked bootleg to get those 2 yards.
    I didn’t think they would run it with 3rd and 7 and A Smith went for the TD.
    They should tell Smith to run if it opens up because the Gnats are vulnerable to QB scrambles

  5. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    What a great weekend of football…when the Niners won…things couldnt get any better than this…oooops ..i take that back…Niners get the NFC Championship game at home with Packers lost…cant get any better than this…oooops…i take that back….i even won my 8 team parlay (winning with 4 teams and 4 over/unders)…not to shabby…now i can buy game tickets !!! well maybe …if their not a gazzilion dollars …. 🙂

  6. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys , i just read this >>> Cohn: “Here’s some good news for the offense. Delanie Walker wrote on Twitter that he worked out Sunday and he’s ready to play next weekend.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The defensive play of the game was Donte Whitner’s hit on Pierre Thomas that jarred the ball loose on the Niner 2 yd line. On the Aints first drive with them rolling in for a potential TD.
    That was a 14 point swing at the time.
    It also set the tone that the Niners were going to knock the snot out of the Aints.
    Both Rogers and Whitner have improved the secondary to an almost elite level.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Whitner’s hit would’ve made Ronnie Lott proud!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmmKNf6wXNQ

  9. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been watching the Giants all year. One thing I don’t like about the Giants’ offense is their running game. Brandon Jacobs is soft and there really isn’t much creativity to their rushing attack. For all the talk Jacobs does, he’s a marsh mellow. The stud is Bradshaw, “The Junkyard Dog,” because Bradshaw breaks tackles. The Giants do a lot of running out of single back, shotgun, between the tackles with Bradshaw faster and better at the “bounce out” than Jacobs. I really think Kevin Gilbride could have a great rushing attack IF the Giants had some variety in their run game. If they ran the stretch play, pulled a guard around the end or went I formation with a FB, and did it with regularity, the Giants could have a great run game and their play action would be that much better as well. Eli with a run game could be simply amazing. What amazes me is that Eli Manning can just sit back there, declaring it’s a pass almost every play, and still pick defenses apart. How that guys isn’t considered one of the best in the league is a tribute to New York stupidity.
    .
    One of Eli Manning’s best attributes as a quarterback is in the red zone where Manning is deadly accurate. The throws into tight windows, and lobs the ball to areas along the sidelines where only his wide receiver can grab it – which we saw week 10 on the pass to Manningham over Culliver. Manning does that a lot, and his passes are always, always money along the sidelines.
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    The one thing I really like about the Giants / 49er matchup is the Giants’ lack of a tight end. Ballard is slower than an Unca Chuck neuron. Patrick Willis, for all his amazing play and Hall of Fame status is not good at guarding the tight end. I like that Fangio doesn’t shy away from matchups that don’t favor his guys, but if the 49ers make the Super Bowl and they play the Gronker, Fangio needs a better plan than Willis. Against the Giants, however, the defense doesn’t have that problem. For my money, the 49ers matchup well with the Giants. The Giants / Niners matchup week 10 was my favorite Niner games this year – I think the NFC Championship game is going to be an amazing ticket. I’d pay a grand to go see that game. If any of you guys are going, please let me know so I can kick your ass.

  10. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Back to the internet after a two day adrenalin hangover. I’m not sure that that game didn’t take 5 years off my life. Worth it though.
     
    Alex Smith played clutch, and cool, and delivered two passes on a freaking rope in crucial, crunch, CLUTCH time. Freaking perfect. If I start criticizing him again from here forward would someone out there please tell me to STFU?
     
    Vernon Davis. Another stud who I have criticized for lack of Receiver instincts and moves. Alex made perfect passes that he caught in stride. He caught them. He did not drop them. And listening to his post game comments right there on the field (replete with the interview ending goofy face he made at the camera at its conclusion) as well as his post game presser show something worthy in this man’s character. His ego not only doesn’t come first, it might not be in his top five. The guy is a team player, and a classy player.
     
    Skeebers — after the most intense and stressful 4 minutes in my 49er playoff watching life (or it seems so right now anyway), I think we are allowed a full 3 days of gloating before restarting the amp for the NFC Championship game.
     
    Spitoon — riding your Giant’s mojo? What an arrogant insufferable putz. I was 3-1 last week and 4-0 this week. I was picking winners when you were sharting your diapers. And Smith could be SB MVP and you’ll still find fault and claim that he’s not good enough to repeat. You’re marginalized. Go reinvent yourself.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Sando:
     
    “Since 10/10/2010 “We Want Carr” chants, Alex Smith has 4584 yds, 28 tds, 6 ints.”

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Williams is the new DC of the Rams. That was quick!!!

  13. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Barley,
    “Arrogant insufferable putz?”

    That reminds me….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pyb-EmZSj0

    Nobody marginalizes Einstinkle, accept Einstinkle (notice the subliminal message begging for approval). Ask Del. Actually, you just stole marginalized from me, too. This is a travesty.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Davis is giving T Brown props as the unsung hero in the secondary. Davis says Tarrel Brown has been Pro Bowl solid and has done everything asked of him.
    Brown’s pick on Saturday was spectacular.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All the Niners have to do is knock Eli Manning out of the game
    and it’s an isntant win.
    Not even David Carr’s family believes he can gome in and lead the Gnats to a win.
    A tossup between Carr and Boller as the league’s worst backups.
    Texans won a playoff game with their third string rookie QB TJ Yates.
    Lost yesterday but he did a good job for being an undrafted rookie.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Ha, What an unbelievable weekend of football. And now we are hosting the F’ing Championship Game. I am so jazzed that I can’t even think straight. Of course I haven’t been able to do that for a long time now. I think we take these NY Giants and send em packing. I feel we got the Juju on our side. Anyway, just checking in to say WooHooo to all you 49er Outsiders.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- It’s been a long and windering road. But we are in the conference championship game!

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Wonder why everyone refers to you as putz and worse? All the crap you make up and post, for example after the game you said:

    “What I didn’t like was when Alex Smith threw that last touchdown to Vernon, he was left outside the celebration by his teammates. Very few people enjoying the moment with Alex Smith.
    .
    Winning Super Bowls is about three things – leadership, composure and consistent accuracy over three games.
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    Vernon Cryor. The Crier, Vernon Davis. That was the worst part of yesterday. Vernon Davis crying…. Jesus.”

    The video I just posted verifies you are a certifiable liar troll.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The honorary captain this week is Eddie D.
    Better bring back Huey Lewis and the News for Good Luck and they sing the anthem like nobody else.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Willis is bad in coverage, spit-head? Right. Go peddle yer horse shit somewhere else. I thought the Niners weren’t scoring any TDs this weekend. As you said.
    .
    Anyhow, to the real footbal talk. Coughlin doesn’t blitz, so that guarantees that VD is AT LEAST doubled all game. Crabs better come up big, and Walker can’t come back at a better time. Draw some shit up for KW. Please.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Thanks, that was great! It looks like Alex celebrated with most of the team!

  22. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck – Let us all know when you get done cutting and pasting the entire 49er website to your blog.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m surprised NoFear isn’t here celebrating. He always said we needed great QB play to win. He should be here giving us all the I told you so bit.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy that arm bar play was on Swain, who I thought had blown by the CB for 6!
    I lost my beer on my lap when I jumped out of my chair in protest. That play was the kill shot I figured Harbaugh/Roman were waiting for and, it didn’t get flagged.
    Swain is blazing fast, that Ref should have known that he only got 1 arm up and couldn’t lay out for it.
    All in all, we persevered thankfully, with VD beating his opponents.
     
    We need a similar game on Sunday from our guys in what appears to be looking like unkind passing conditions. Remember, bad weather favors the Offense and NY has some scary WRs at their disposal.
    Home crowd, be LOUD, we need this game BIG TIME!

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m with you on the FLY Sweep stuff too.
    If Ginn and the passing conditions aren’t favorable, we have Swain and Kyle, along with Colin Jones who have great wheels.
    If it’s sloppy that sort of stuff could be money.
    We’ll have the ability to practice in the rain as well if forecasts are accurate and weather arrives mid week.
    Loving the fact that we’re home, hope we can take advantage of it.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When asked about the winning TD to VD was orchestrated and called by QB coach Geep Chryst according to Harbaugh and he gave him the kudos today.
    Interesting dynamic thatit wasn’t Roman’s call.

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Kevin Lynch just wrote the 49ers have only won two playoff games on the road since 1957. Is that possible? I would never have guessed that. And the Niners want to move from Candlestick?
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    Unca – you ever find your before the preseason started 49er prediction for the year? Guess not… lol.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Geep coached at Carolina for a couple of years. He faced the Saints twice a year. He installed that play earlier in the week from his experience vs the Saints. That was his play and it called either Davis-post or Vernon-post. In the past he noticed Roman Harper soft pedalling and being flat footed. Timing was everything on this play called specifically for down, distance and Harper.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hope Harbaugh has them practicing in the elements this week.
    Plenty of wet balls and quick hitting inside run plays.
    Gore and Hunter need to be in top form for this one.
    Sloppy conditions will likely slow a pass rush for either side.
    Big game for the trenches if the weather is bad.
    BALL SECURITY!

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good win is awarded the Bobb McKittrick Award as best offensive lineman.
    Good acquisition by Trent Baalke

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No complaints at all about the job Baalke has done Bullit.
    Guy has shown an amazing eye for talent and pieces that fit.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I have a DT for you.
    Brandon Thompson – Clemson
    6’2″ 310.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Put this kid on ‘The List’ too.
    I think he’d be a great addition to work with Aldon.
    DE Vinny Curry – Marshall 6’3″ 263
    He’s likely gonna be playing at the Senior Bowl too.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Part of his Bio –
    Despite his sack numbers, Curry lacks the bend and elite quickness to be a Pro Bowl blind-side pass rusher. He is more likely to add weight at the next level so he can play strong-side end or possibly even a five-technique if a 3-4 team projects him to be capable there. In any case, Curry’s ability to work through blockers to the quarterback, hustle to the ball and strength at the point of attack gives him a chance to be an impact starter sooner than later.

    Might see him in the 3rd rd.

  35. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Kudos to Del Mar who has the stones to admit it right here when he blows the call for humbly admitting he has been ‘in error’ about one Alex Smith to this point. Good job Dennis! Thanks for facing the reality of what we are seeing now. More ‘n we can say about some deniers around here…

    I really do appreciate this. Why is so hard for some to say “I was wrong”?

    What, we’re all supposed to be ‘Saints’? God forbid and good job Denny.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    ummm
    does anybody here know what teams are playing in the ncf championship game this year ?

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ/Berger

    Kheeston Randle DT Texas is worth keeping an eye on. He’ll be in the Senior Bowl

    Texas has a lot of quality D/L playing in the NFL currently. Casey Hampton,Shaun Rogers, Corey Redding,Henry Melton, Brian Orakpo, Lamar Houston, Sergio Kindle, Brian Robison, Tim Crowder, Roy Miller and Frank Okam.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Red Bryant will be a FA. He is a monster. Short of getting into a bidding war, I would try to sign him.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    As much as I get on Delanie Walker for dropping passes, he does many other things well. Having him back for this game would be a nice addition.
    .
    Most here would probably think I don’t like Walker. I can understand that. Truth is I like him and think he is an asset. Having said that, his drops at critical times drive me nuts. I still can’t believe he caught that 4th down TD vs Detroit even though it was a perfect pass. We might need another one of those this week-end.

  40. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I said 8-8 and division winners, Einstein. I posted it. Before the season started. God, how dense are you?

  41. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, we NEED Walker back. Or someone like KW has to step up. The Giants play a defense similar to the Niners in that they don’t blitz much. They expect pressure form their 4 rushers. Which means VD gets doubled all day.
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    The last time they played, VD had 3 catches for 40 yards. A busted coverage led to VD’s 31 yard TD. Walker had 6 catches for 70 yards in that game to lead the 49ers.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    2011 SEASON PREDICTIONS (before first game)
     
    Berger: 7-9
    BigJon49er: 9-7
    Bullit: 10-6
    Chuck: 8-8, 6-10
    Grumpy: 6-10
    Philippine Fan: 9-7
    Rob: 8-8, 10-6, 7-9
    RTFirefly: 7-9
     
    Skeebers: 11-5
     
    Winder: 8-8
    NoFear: invisible ink

  43. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I said 8-8, not 6-10.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You said them both.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I thought I said 9-7 before the first game and changed it to 7-9 when I saw the play calling vs Seattle. When did I change my prediction?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pro Football Writers named their All Pro Team
    They recognized both Baalke and Harbaugh

    http://blog.49ers.com/2012/01/16/pfwpfwa-recognizes-49ers/

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear never predicts. It leaves him too exposed. He would rather commit suicide than admit he was wrong. With the 49ers winning and Alex a main reason, he has gone away.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t know, Berg. I wrote them down as they occurred. Faithfully, as I recall. I’d look it up, but Chuck probably will, so Zzzzzz…

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I tried to reflect NoFear’s reluctance, Berg.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Too funny. I just read my 9:51 comment and the thought that occured to me is I could have been writing about Mike Nolan!

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca – You’re slow. Predictions need to be made before the first preseason game. The stuff you posted was time stamped Sept 11th. Lol. Nice try. Skeebers has it right giving you 6-10. Everyone else knows it. You adjusted and completely claimed the second prediction as the only prediction you made. Lol. That’s a Flying V move.
    .
    Barley wrote something a while ago that I agree with, but things are changing around the 49ers so rapidly right now nobody knows what’s up. Barley wrote, “This might be Smith’s best chance to win a Super Bowl.” Considering Jim Harbaugh’s speech to the team before the Saint game about Carpe Per Diem (which means one carp per day if you’re Vietnamese), never take a playoff push for granted. I agree. This could be Smith’s best chance. Jamie Dukes said, “To win Super Bowls the qb needs to play great for three or four games. Smith clearly has the first leg… can he create and complete the second and third legs? Don’t give me this, “It’s a team game.” Without Smith’s great play on Sunday, the 49ers don’t beat the Saints. Smith’s play disproves Smith can’t get it done in the playoffs, but further proves the qb is everything in the playoffs.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- “Carpe Per Diem (which means one carp per day if you’re Vietnamese)”, this might be your greatest comment ever!

  53. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    They make a mean carp fin soup. Lol.

  54. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I did write that Spit. I also predicted 5-11. Yes things do change fast. My comment was also predicated on a premise that D, ST and a safe O have so little room for error that it must seize the day, as it were.
     
    After Smith’s performance in clutch time last Saturday I’m really not so sure. Really. Give him some improved WR’s and a full TC and maybe he has more shots at the SB. I mean HFS, his passes were perfect in crunchola time. Spot bloody on. To win this year’s grand prize he will have to play great the next 2 games but considering he has played clutch this SEASON when he needed to, why do I need to go back and reinvent all that doubt?
     
    I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt now. With JH, TB and a still solid young core of players, unless he wakes up and is a frog again, I see no reason AS can’t remain royal. But I do wish we’d get some better receiving help. They are going to double Davis like a mofo this Sunday.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Where did you come up with this damn rule that predictions had to be made before the first preseason game? This really shows what an ignorant jackass you are.
    Especially in a lockout year.
    Maybe it levels the playing field for your shot in the dark guess.
    You didn’t make a prediction on this blog so everything you are talking about is irrelevant.

  56. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Why do I need to go back and reinvent all that doubt?” Don’t you mean ‘hate.’ I’ll be rooting for Alex Smith as well. First time ever… actually, I rooted from him his first couple of years.
    .
    One thing’s for sure, Smith will have to get the ball out quick against the Giants. Their front four is a lot (Tuck and Osi) more healthy than they were week 10, AND the back-end of their defense will be more intacted as well so coverages won’t be as blown. Smith will need to make quick decisions and not hold the ball too long.
    .
    The one interesting thing about last week is that Donte Whitner really helped Alex Smith beat Drew Brees by knocking Pierre Thomas out of that game. Brees then had to throw 63 times and you just can’t do that in a playoff game – especially outside. Ingram out, Pierre out, with Ivory and Sproles as the primary combo didn’t get it done. It’s almost like Sean Peyton can’t buy a playoff run game. It’s the same reason why they lost to the Seahawks last year – no run game.
    .
    And if Alex Smith owes Whitner, Bowman and Willis owe Smith big time. Sproles beat Bowman for a late game TD and Graham beat Willis – both times Alex picked ’em up. Bowman and Willis? That’s nice company to have under your thumb.
    .
    Harbaugh gave Vernon Davis the game ball. That was one of the first coaching mistakes I’ve seen Harbaugh make outside the lines. Sure, Vernon played great. But to continue to build on Smith’s confidence (something that needs more bolstering), Smith needed and earned that game ball. It would have been nice to reflect on in the off season and things like that help build confidence. Vernon just needed a Kleenex.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Why has Vernon Davis become your new whipping boy? Can’t get that hater troll out of your gonads?
    Niners don’t need your support and your idiotic analysis is a waste of time. In other words you don’t know sheet.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is a good piece on Alex Smith in case you missed it.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1193912/1/index.htm

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger/NJ

    Since you guys are Draftniks too here is a link to a treasure trove
    of material for upcoming draft.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012

    NFL Network is starting a mock draft on TV today as well as reshowing the playoff Victory Niners over Saints.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon crying reminds me of TO. I want to see someone doctor TO’s press conference on youtube. Create a video where Vernon cries in the press conference and says, “That’s my quarterback.” Vernon needs some blue blockers, and a Kleenex. Vernon clearly has some TO in him.

    (just dropped my right gonad of hate)

  61. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blah blah blah. My 2nd prediction was made after I saw the preseason. I changed my mind. Get it? How many times have you waffled this year? 3,200 times? Blow me. Now, the idiots out there (Neinbrains) say predictions made before camp are the only ones that count? Uh, you never said anything, didja sport?
    .
    Good to see your gonads are finally descending, Nein. That puts you at 5 years old? Or are you a late bloomer?
    .
    I’m surprised you aren’t knocking Smith for not taking a knee on his TD run. Or for daring to go for the TD instead of the FG at the end of the game. ESPN is. Expect to see BSPN fawning all over the Giants like the 2nd coming of Jesus. Bring it on. Ignore the 49ers.
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    This one will be easier than the NO game.

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Nolan signed by Falcons to be DC. I thought they were trying to improve their defense.

  63. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You whining reminds me of, well you whining, Nein. It’s all you got.

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Damnit. I wish Nolan had gone to the Rams and Williams to the Falcons. We play the Rams twice a year.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You can mock and hate on TO all you want because that’s what hating trolls do.
    Nevertheless he contributed a great deal as a Niner and without him we would have struggled.
    Naturally an imbecile such as yourself is too ignorant to realize this. You’re still trying to figure out which finger to use to pick your nose (for you the thumb is appropiate)
    Two signature plays in the 49er legacy and you’re mocking both.

    That’s what hating moron trolls do.

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eleven HCs were hired for the 2009 season and NINE of them have already been fired. Yikes.

  67. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand the Gregg Williams’ move to the Rams. Did he get sick of Sean or just have a better relationship with Jeff? I thought the marriage between Gregg and Sean would bring them a few Super Bowls. The Saints are right there. The Rams? They’re right there too if “right there,” is an Unca type suckitude. The move is curious. If it was my legecy, I’d want to coach for a team that was competing for Super Bowls, not trying to climb out of the cellar.
    .
    The NFC West ain’t a whipping boy no more. The pendulum has swung.
    .
    Nolan and Matt Ryan? Looks like history repeats itself after all. Can’t wait for Nolan to tell Mike Smith to challenge the missed field goal. Mike Smith, Mike Nolan, and Matt Ryan? “Why yes, I would like a triple scoop of Vanilla. In fact, why don’t you bring a whole cartload to the team headquarters?”

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    Ytah now that Harbaugh did this in year one, that’s going to be the standard some of these idiot owners will expect.
    It really does take 3 years to put in your syaytem and turn a roster around to having players that fit your scheme.
    Maybe old school is no longer acceptable. Then we’ll have other QBs with a different OC each year.

  69. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Colts fire Caldwell. If Fisher had waiting, Bullit would be catching hell right now…

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    waited*

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    IF you had a brain the world would be a better place.
    I’m still waiting for your GUARANTEE to materialize.

  72. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Martz to retire. I always thought Martz would be a good college coach. Spread, spread and more spread – that’s the college game. Plus the younger fibers of a twenty-two year old quarterback could take more of beating than Cutler. Cutler, however, makes Unca look like Paul Bunyan.

  73. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee Spit, from a guy who said Seattle and StL would fight for the division, you sure act like you called this. Nein, thy middle name is suck. Last name? Nswallo.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    From the V playbook, lose an argument change the subject, develop amnesia or interject politics.

  75. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I have to admit, I was one of the guys saying, “Smith should have picked up the first on that run and not tried to score a touchdown.” In retrospect, Smith was right to run it in. My contention was that possession of the ball was more important than the score because a field goal from that range was a given, gave the 49ers the lead and could maybe run the clock out. Actually, they would have had to give the Saints the ball back depending on where Smith went down. Smith was right, I was wrong, BUT understanding that possession of the ball is more important than points when a field goal wins it and you’re in field position with the ability to drain the TOs and run the clock out is something Smith and Harbaugh should keep in mind against the Giants…. and certain if they make the Super Bowl. Holmgren’s decision in the Super Bowl to let the Broncos score to put the ball back in Favre’s hands was a mistake (in retrospect), but it’s all apart of the gamesmanship of the last few drives. I think we’ve all seen MJD dive for a first down when the TD was easy, just to hold onto the ball and run out the clock. I’m sure I’ll take heat for this post from my good buddies, Unca and Bullit, but gamesmanship with under two minutes to play is important. The debate on ESPN radio is somewhat warranted, but in no way should anyone fault Smith – not after that performance.

  76. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    certainly*

  77. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Look at who the Patriots have played all year. The only playoff team the Patriots beat during the regular season was the Broncos. The only other two teams to make the playoffs that the Patriots played in the regular season were the Steelers and the Giants, and both teams beat the Patriots. In addition, the Ravens never gave up 30 points all year. The closest they came to giving up 30 points was to the Cardinals (27 pts), on the West coast. The Ravens were also good against the TE in the regular season. The Ravens shut down Vernon Davis (Chilo Rachal made sure of that). The Patriots are good at home in the playoffs, but I predict the Ravens beat the Patriots by running Ray Rice rall day and keeping Welker and Brady off the field. Remember, last year the Jets beat the Patriots in the playoffs by running Green down their throat. The year before this same Ravens team kicked the snot outta the Patriots with a strong dose of Ray Rice. That formula should work again because Belichick hasn’t put the pieces together to stop the run – yet. Dumping Seymour, injured Carter… Haynesworth experiment not working out. Belichick knows he’s soft up the gut. Run the ball, John Harbaugh. Run the ball. Dumping Seymour was a huge mistake, and key component to the Brady legecy.

  78. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, brainless one, if Smith goes out of bounds there wpuld have been around 2:15 left. Considering NO had 2 timeouts remaining and the 2 min warning, your theory is pretty furking stupid. Say Smith goes out on the 8 yard line. 1st down run, TO. 5 seconds burned 2nd down run. 2 minute warning. 3rd down run. TO. kick the FG. 5 seconds. They’ve burned maybe 16 seconds of clock, and they kick a FG? Giving NO the ball with ~1:50 and nothing but a FG to win?
    .
    That’s some Singletary football there, skippy.
    .
    The reason Holmgren’s idea to let Denver score was Holmgren lost track of the downs. He thought it was 1st down, not 2nd. Which would have probably changed his thought to get the ball back by letting them score a TD. I thought it was stupid, mainly because you hold them to a FG, and it isn’t so hard to tie or win, even if you have less time. I don’t remember how many timeouts GB had, or the exact parameters, but Holmgren admitted to blowing the call.

  79. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    My boy, Dre Kirkpatrick, just got busted for smoking the sweet, sweet leaf with a name that shall not be uttered out of respect and homage. What are these guys thinking right before the draft? How stupid do you have to be to chance millions? This guy makes Uncle Charles look like Albert Einstinkle Sr (who was a monumental geneous of immense proportions). I love me some Kirkpatrick. He probably still won’t drop to the 49ers, and if he does, Harbaalke should “pass” on him for a wide receiver, anyway. Why can’t Alshon Jeffery and Mohamed Sanu get busted together smoking reefer so their stock plummets? Warren Saap turned out okay. Pot smoking wide receivers can do flips into end zone over defenders because of the “high.” It’s a tried and true formula. DBs? Not so much.

  80. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    the end zone*

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert I like me some Sanu too but, I don’t use my 1st pick on him.
    Obviously I don’t turn in ‘The Card’
    on Draft Day but….
    I’m leaning toward another stud DE/DT, CB/FS or my dark horse, Peter Konz the Center from Wisconsin with Pick 1.
     
    I’m looking to add a big crafty TE and a smaller speed WR to the mix.
    (We’ll get Josh back next year too).
    Chew on these 2 guys for shizz & giggles….
    TE Ladarius Green LA-Lafayette
    6’6″ 236 4.64
    Great hands, size and speed. Will have to learn to block. No biggie.
     
    WR Joe Adams AR – 5’11” 190 4.38
    Played against top SEC competition with 159 Rec for almost 2400yds and 17TDs. Also Played CB and handles P/KR duties. Kid is money, mid round gem IMO.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson and Whitner are SSs.
    Not sure we keep Goldson after the Season he’s had. If he walks in FA, we need some youth and speed back there.
    I’m working on my DB research now. Plenty of time for that.
    Senior Bowl and Combines coming soon too.
    Right now, we need 2 more WINS!

  83. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I look for this upcoming 49er draft to be more about skill position players than the more workman like player. I really hope for a taller, leaping receiver in the first round to out-jump defenders and let the qb just throw it up. We need a safety (we both think Goldson leaves), another running back, definitely another tight end. Let’s not forget we have Tukuafa and Holcomb on injured reserve. I’m interested in seeing what Holcomb has. I’d go hard after huge impact positions like wr, te, rb, OLB and safety. I respectfully disagree that the 49ers need another smaller, fast wide receiver. I think we need taller, leaping receivers with good hands. We have a boatload of smaller or mid-sized receivers.

  84. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Albert Neinbrain breaks his own ‘rules’ all the time. Drafting WR in the 1st round was one of them . . .

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There are guys like Dwight Jones UNC, Tommy Streeter from Miami and, maybe Jeff Fuller from TX A&M that could come in the Mid Rds too.
    All 3 are taller guys.
    Streeter has speed but not a lot of experience to validate him yet.
    Fuller is 2nd gen 9er, (Dad Jeff of the spianl chord injury), and played for Mike Sherman in a WCO already.
    Sanu is exactly that, a Braylon-esque leaper/battler.
    I like that part of his game very much, however, he’s not real fast.
    See what happens if he gets a Combine invite.
    We might already have that with Josh.
    The TE, LGreen might be more of a weapon at 6’6″.
    Another TE, Mike Egnew from MO is worth a look too.
     
    Smaller faster guys like Joe Adams stretch coverage and make life miserable for LBs as well.
    I like Adams a TON, probably better than DeJax in Philly. Great hands and likely a whole lot less drama.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Think what you can do for the Secondary with another Justin Smith in the rotation.
    Harass the QB and the DBs look a whole lot better.
    Ed Reed benefits from a Top Shelf pass rush.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t like drafting a WR in the 1st round while rebuilding unless it is a Calvin Johnson(Blackmon). They rarely come around. Now that we are filling in instead of rebuilding I’m all for a WR, but only if he is considered best on the board. Don’t reach for need.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not watch Egnew this year. Last year he was incredible.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did Sanu declare for the draft?

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu is in Berger

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s a solid kid, no complaints with his game but…..
    See above.

  92. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Dumb Chucks – don’t hit yourself with those things.
    .
    NJ – That’s exactly what I’m talking about. We need a guy who can battle for the football. Morgan and Crabtree can’t take the ball away from the defender at the highest point, and neither can Vernon. We need a leaper who can battle and snatch the ball away at the highest point. Hands, aggression… etc. The Giants got Nicks late in the first round.
    .
    Berger – Reaching is better. Remember when we drafted Balmer. Curtis Lofton was widely considered a third or fourth round pick, but he went in the second round the Falcons. The 49ers should have reached and taken him in the first round. Balmer? Please. If you believe in a guy, and have a need, you don’t listen to what the so called experts say. Look at Chris Culliver. He was a clear third round pick. That was a great value for his level of play this year. Everyone called it a reach, but it wasn’t. Harbaalke believed in their guy.

  93. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I like that Boise State DT, Billy Winn. Kid does end up on the ground a lot, but he reminds me of Stubblefield.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I like Joe Adams better.
    Shorter? Yes,
    Faster? Yes.
    Way more production against Top Shelf competition too.
    I’m about QB pressure and Centerfield improvement for the longer haul.
    Can’t locate the perfect FS at this point, too many options to sift through.

  95. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all about the height, arm length and leaping ability. We have two or three other Joe Adams guys on this team. We need a taller dude.

    Here’s Billy Winn –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK35SHUBbNY

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert Sanu has game, no complaints from me if Baalke buys him. He’s a solid kid and works very hard in all phases.
    I’d be proud to have him. He’s somewhat of a cult hero in these parts.
    We still have Bogan on the Roster too from last years’ Draft. He’s a big T.O. type kid himself.
    I’d just prefer to stack that Front with more pressure-makers.
     
    Another kid from these parts is DE Vinny Curry -Marshall.
    Like Sanu, a top character hardworking prospect that you’d take no risks with.
    My feeling is that DE JCrick is a younger Justin Smith.
    One thing I’ve already conceded is that Baalke and Staff find good fits from Rd 1 to UFA.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Billy Winn is on the radar Albert.
    Check Dontari Poe from Memphis too.
    Taller guy though.

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcs-iqymQrk&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL002E3F620CBAD02A

    NJ – this is what I’m talking about… can’t teach it, can’t coach it, hard to defend. Almost impossible.

  99. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I was looking for your boy, Poe, on Youtube and came across Devon Stills from Penn State. Now that kid’s no joke. Has to be a top ten pick. What mocks do you look at?

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This kid is already on the roster.
    Enjoy….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcaBz071kKM

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I really don’t shop the Mocks.
    Good research on CBS and ESPN Insider

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Still from PSU will be long gone from our view.
    Unless they catch him tokin’ up sometime before the Draft. 🙂

  103. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah…. he could be a player. Looks a little slow, but tall jumpers usually are slow. What’d he hurt to get put on injured reserve?

  104. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah… I like CBS…. Right now their mock has the 49ers winning the Super Bowl. The position stuff is the best I’ve seen – updated, accurate and well ranked.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    CBS is pretty solid.
    Bogan had a knee injury I think.
    I sometimes wonder if they really get hurt or just get held aside for development/Film training etc?

  106. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah… I completely agree about the “redshirt” late round or undrafted injury… I don’t think Holcomb actually got hurt. He was IR’d like the second day of camp.

    For as much as Harbaugh likes to use the tight end, I could see him and Baalke drafting one relatively high. I know we have Bynam, Walker, obviously Vernon, and Conrad on the practice squad. From what I saw last year, Bynam has hands. He’s slower than an Unca Chuck neuron, but he can block and catch. Conrad looks small and they called him “Novachek” this summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the 49er moved Walker to backup FB / H back / TE / WR to replace Moran Norris and continue to play the utility role. Conrad does have hands, though. Move Walker, have a competition with Conrad and Bynam, that leaves room to draft another TE unless Harbaugh likes both Bynam and Rueland. It would be sweet to pickup Allen, Charles or Agnew in the 3rd. Whomever falls.

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We actually have great Draft positioning for the pieces we need.
    Could Peter Konz be a surprise choice at the bottom of Rd 1?
    It would complete the OL youth movement.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Though Beeler remains on the PS and is a shorter/lighter guy.

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2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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